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This makes me snort~
Don't you love her expression??

"It's a doggy, mommy, and he's taller than me. And he just peed all over that little car!"

Awesomesauce Friends

Dear awesomesauce readers/friends/writers/authors/buddies:

Taffy here

Thank you for visiting my blog throughout 2011! I appreciate your visits and comments more than you'll know. You have given me an amazing gift of friendships memories that I hope will last years if not a life time. I've met many of you through writing conferences, blogs and author signings. It's been a fantastic ride and I've enjoyed my adventures this past year. All thanks to you, dearest readers.
And a huge shout out to my critique group, the Sharks & Pebbles! You. Are. The. Best. Being in the reminiscing mode I glanced through my posts from the past. I found a few I'd forgotten about and I'd like to share them with you. This is one way I can show you my thanks, by giving back those posts many of you read and enjoyed: (Thankyouthankyouthankyou.)
Do you know the rules of a diamante poem? Me either. Until I wrote one. Diamante PoemI try and post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On …


'It is perfectly okay to write garbage-- as long as you edit brilliantly.' ~C J Cherryh

A Gift to the World~Merry Christmas!


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Favorite Books of 2011

I'm copying Elana Johnson's post today. Pop over and say hi to her than come on back.
Reading her list made me wonder what my favorite books were this year so here it is, all nine (I'm saving the tenth spot just in case I read a favorite over Christmas break...).

FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick
Every morning the main characters memories resets at 4:33. She leaves notes for herself every night so she doesn't wear the same outfit or needs to study for a test. Loved the unique story.

Loved. This. Book. Full of what? Opposites? A fat princess, scared prince and an assassinating nurse maid. Everywhere Rae Carson sent the princess I FELT like I was there. In the hot desert or lush forest, I pictured everything without realizing I was there.

FALLEN GRACE by Mary Hooper
I was tense from the very first page of this page and didn't relax until the very end.

GEEK GIRL by Cindy Bennett
Great, sweet, clean teen read. 


Christmas Break=No Writing

It's Christmas break which I LOVE because:
my kids are home
we make lots of treats
we watch tons of Christmas movies
the routine is relaxed
neighbors visit
Christmas music plays all the time

The one draw back (other than gaining weight) is I won't have as much time on the computer. My writing time will be limited which stinks. I'm finding my groove with this YA Horror but it's still kicking my backside. I can't pantser this one like I have all the others. The story seriously will not let me just write and write and write. I have to be slow and methodical.
After reading through a little bit of one of my older stories, I had an epiphany why this latest story is so hard to write:
I think I'm getting better as a writer. There it is.
I don't mean I'm the next NY Times Bestseller. I mean I'm understanding this craft better. Which is gratifying and hard. It's was kinda nice being obviously to my atrocious mistakes. Now that I know what they are, writing …

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CARVING ANGELS by Diane Tolley

Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and feeling useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die -- until his youngest granddaughter challenges him to carve again. Together they prove that the most beautiful creations can come from the most unlikely sources and with the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.

First line:
"The old elf sat on the porch of his cozy little cabin and gazed sightlessly out at the world, feeling at once worn out and useless."

Sweet, heartwarming and uplifting Christmas story. One I recommend buying for your Christmas book collection.
A story of love, family ties, elves and a little bit of Christmas magic. 
 Papa Adam has given up on himself until his little granddaughter visits, asking for a wood carving like her cousins received from him. At first he refuses but soon his love for carving is rekindled and a sweet relationship between grandpa and grand…

Foto Friday~HP

LOVE this pic!

Wordage & Editing & Seriously?

See anything wrong with this sign?

If you saw this sign, wouldn't you take it down? Or maybe someone left it up wondering how many people would notice. Like my hubby who didn't notice. Our brain knows what the word is suppose to be without the missing "h." My brain stopped thinking and conjured the image after I passed and I laughed and thought about pulling over to take a picture. I didn't. I was on a time schedule. On the way home the sign faced me again so I did stop. This is one good reason to have a second set of eyes on your story. We can edit and edit and think our story is awesome. But another person reading it will catch a missing "h." Seen any good signs or quotes lately? Do Share!

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Where does this go?

Foto Friday~Quote


I have to wait until March 2012??

Hunger Games Movie~March 23 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Besides, the world isn't split up into good people and death eaters. We've all got both light, and dark inside of us. What matters, is the part we choose to act on."

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How's your writing going this month? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
Good luck! I know you can do it!
About halfway through November, it's easy to get bogged down in your writing and quit. You need some motivation to carry on. I totally understand.

Well, I'm introducing, RhinoWriMo to you. Just let me know that you're experiencing writers cramp/block and these two rhinos will be coming at ya full tilt.

So sit your backside back down in that chair before you end up hurt.

Waddya say to that? Call RhinoWriMo today.

(They both have unlimited charge cards.) (I had to say it, sorry!)

Author Guest Spot with Cindy Bennett

I LOVED Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett! A good, clean book I can recommend to any teenager. Today I'm honored to have her as a guest here!

Which is More Effective: Writing a Query, or Hitting Your Head Against a Wall? by Cindy C Bennett
I have yet to meet an author who actually enjoys writing a query letter. There’s something not quite right about taking an 80,000 word manuscript that you’ve labored over for months, and then trying to condense that into about 300 words. Not only that, in those 300 words, you have to make your strongest sales point within the first 100 words. To give you an idea of how long that is, you are now reading the 78th word. If this were my query, I’d only have this one last sentence to make an impression good enough to keep you reading. So how do you go about writing a query? Well, the first thing you have to do is research. There are many, many sites out there with great advice about writing a query. Read as many of them as you can. They are all a little differe…

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Who is she?
Is she waiting for someone to return?
Or watching them leave?

Exiled by RaShelle Workman Blog Tour


Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become a kelvieri, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.

Now she wants revenge.

First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate. Only she doesn't know the first thing about love.

Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters—alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.

Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week. Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.

But time is running out and Michael is fallin…